Welsh Submitted Names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ADWEN f Welsh, Cornish
Welsh name, in which the second element is gwen
meaning "white, fair, blessed". It was borne by a Cornish saint, considered to be "the Cornish Saint Dwynwen
" as a patron of sweethearts. The village of Advent near Camelford is named after her.
AEDD m Welsh, Irish
From the Irish aedh
"fire"; also a name of a king of Ireland.
AELHAEARN m Welsh
Derived from Welsh ael
meaning "(eye)brow" and haearn
"iron". This was the name of a 7th-century saint.
AELWEN f Welsh
Means "fair-browed" from Welsh ael
"brow" and gwen
"white; fair, attractive" (cf. Eilwen
AFAN m Welsh, Medieval Welsh
The name of a river in South Wales, usually Anglicized as Avon
or Avan, presumably derived from Celtic *abon
- "river" (making it a cognate of Afon
). It was also borne by a 6th-century Welsh saint.
ALARYN f & m Welsh
Alaryn is a mid-century variant of the common Welsh name Aderyn. It was used as a more basic substitute around the time of heavy emigration in the United Kingdom. It's meaning is same as Aderyn "Bird".
ALAW f Welsh
Welsh word meaning 'lily' or 'melody'
ALAWN m Welsh
Derived from Welsh alaw
meaning "melody, harmony" (see Alaw
). This was the name of an early bard, said to be one of the three founders of druidism.
ALWEN f Welsh
A Welsh name meaning from the river Alwen.
AMLODD m Welsh (Rare), Welsh Mythology
Variant of Amlawdd
, derived from the Welsh intensifying prefix an
- and llawdd
"praise". In Welsh myth he is the father of Eigyr (Igraine) and therefore the grandfather of King Arthur... [more]
AMRANWEN f Welsh
Means "white eyelid", derived from Welsh amrant
"eyelid" and gwen
"white, fair, blessed". It is also the Welsh name for the medicinal herb known as German chamomile in English. This is a modern Welsh name.
ANAWEN f Welsh
Similar to Anwen, but with an extra a. Meaning, "very fair, and beautiful" , just like Anwen!... [more]
ANEIRA f Welsh
Feminine form of Aneirin
, also considered a combination of Welsh an
(an intensive prefix; compare Angharad
) and eira
"snow" (see Eira
), with the intended meaning of "much snow" or "very snowy"... [more]
ANEST f Welsh
Welsh form of Agnes
. It was borne by the 12th-century daughter of Gruffydd ap Cynan and Angharad.
ARFON m Welsh
From an ancient name for the region of North West Gwynedd, derived from Welsh ar
"opposite" and Môn
"Anglesey". This has been used as a given name since the late 19th century.
ARIANWEN f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh element arian
"silver" combined with gwen
"white, fair, blessed". This was the name of an early saint.
AURON m Welsh
Form Welsh 'Au-' - "honorable", and '-on' - suffix meaning "to end" or "noble sacrifice". 'Aur' - can also mean "golden".... [more]
AWEL f Welsh
Welsh word meaning wind, breeze. Although it's a feminine noun, it's also sometimes been used as a male name, possibly because of its similarity to Arwel.... [more]
AWEN f Breton, Welsh
Means "muse (poetic inspiration)" in Welsh. It was coined in the 19th century.
BENDITH f & m Welsh
Means "blessing" in Welsh (from Latin benedictum
; see Benedict
). Perhaps it is taken from the Welsh euphemistic name for fairies Bendith y Mamau
"blessing of the mothers".
BOWEN m Welsh, English
From the Welsh surname that's an anglicization of the Welsh Ap Owain
meaning "son of OWAIN
BROCHWEL m Welsh
From the old Welsh name Brochfael
, in which the second element is mael
"prince". This was the name of a legendary Welsh king who gave land to Saint Melangell
BRYCHAN m Welsh
Old Welsh name derived from brych
"speckled, freckled" combined with a diminutive suffix. Brychan Brycheiniog is a Welsh folk hero who gave his name to Brecon in mid-Wales. He was reputedly an Irishman by birth and is said to have fathered 36 saints... [more]
BRYNNAN f Welsh
Combination with the element bryn
, meaning "hill."
BUDDUG f Welsh
Derived from Welsh budd
"profit, advantage". It is a cognate of Boudicca
, the name of a 1st-century queen of the Iceni (a Celtic people) who is known as Buddug in Welsh, and is sometimes considered a Welsh equivalent of Victoria
CAIAN f & m Welsh
St. Caian, and in my opinion this quote strengthens the idea that Caian is a form of Caius: "Caian gives his name to the hamlet of Tregaian in which the church is situated: the Welsh word tref (shortened here to tre) means "settlement", and "‑gaian" is a modified form of the saint's name – i.e. "Caian's settlement"... [more]
CAIN f Welsh
Means "beautiful, fair" in Welsh. This was the name of a 5th-century saint.
CALAN m Welsh
Welsh, meaning "start of the month or year, a beginning." In Wales, Calan Gauaf
or Calan Gaeaf
is the name given to Halloween/Samhain, literally meaning "the eve of the coming of winter."
CARIAD f Welsh
Welsh term of enderment similar to love, sweetheart, beloved
CARIRIGH m Welsh
Comes from the Old Welsh translation of "to love the king" or "rising" in Middle Welsh Caririgh is used primarily in Egypt as opposed to Wales. Also a common name for felines in the north of England.
CEINLYS f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh element cain
"lovely, beautiful" combined with a suffix which perhaps means "sweet".
CELYNWEN f Welsh (Rare)
Feminine form of Celyn
. Means "beautiful holly" or "blessed holly", from Welsh celyn
"holly" and gwen
"white, fair, blessed".
CERIAN f Welsh
Derived from the welsh 'caru' meaning love and the welsh 'cariad' meaning love/darling.
COLAN m Cornish, Welsh
Cornish version of the Welsh "Collen" for hazel tree. Name of a 7th Century Welsh saint.
COLLEN m Welsh
Meaning unknown. This name was born by a 7th-century Welsh saint.... [more]
CREIRWY f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "token of the egg", and in effect "mundane egg", from Welsh creir
"a token, jewel, sacred object" and wy
"egg". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she was a daughter of Ceridwen
CYBI m Welsh
Possibly derived from Celtic *kob(o)
- "victory". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh saint who founded Caergybi (the Welsh name for Holyhead).
CYNDDELW m Welsh
Welsh name of uncertain origin, perhaps from an Old Celtic element meaning "high, exalted" combined with Welsh or Old Celtic delw
DARREN m Welsh
From the Welsh tarren
meaning, "burnt land."
DEILWEN f Welsh
Means "white leaves" from Welsh dail
"leaves" (singulative deilen
) combined with gwen
"white, fair, blessed".
DEIO m Welsh
Short form of Dafydd or David, now sometimes used as a full name
DRUDWEN f Welsh (Modern)
Means "starling" in Welsh, presumably derived from the element drud
"precious, dear, expensive" combined with gwen
"fair, white, blessed". It was coined in the "latter 20th century".
DWYNWEN f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Possibly from the name of the Celtic god of love, Dwyn
combined with the Welsh element gwyn
"blessed, white, fair"; or derived from Welsh dwyn
"to lead (a life)", in which case it means "to a lead a blessed life"... [more]
DYDDANWY f Welsh
Possibly derived from Welsh diddanwch
DYFAN m Welsh
Is apparently the Welsh form of Damon
, or else is from an Old Welsh name meaning "Tribe Ruler". Information for this name is scarce.
DYFRIG m Welsh
Welsh form of Dubricius
, derived from Celtic *dubro
"dark, unclean" (source of Welsh dŵr
"water") and *r
- "king". This was the name of a 5th-century Welsh saint... [more]
EBRILL f Welsh
The Welsh form of APRIL
, from the Latin aprîlis
. This is also the Welsh vocabulary word for the fourth month of the year.
EDREN m Welsh
Variant of the name Edrin
, a Gaelic
name coming from the root Aed
, so it is related to the Irish
. There is a Welsh
saint called Edren, and the name was not uncommon in Wales and Scotland.
EIGRA f Welsh (Rare)
Probably a variant of Eigr
. This is borne by the Welsh writer Eigra Lewis Roberts (1939-).
EINIR m & f Welsh
From the Latin Honora, meaning honor.
EIRIANNA f Welsh
Elaborated form of the Welsh name "Eirian." Means "bright, beautiful."
EIRIANWEN f Welsh
From Welsh eirian
"shining, bright" and gwen
"holy, white, pure".
ELIDUR m Welsh (Archaic)
Old Welsh name, the second element likely deriving from Welsh dur
"steel" but the first element being of uncertain meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Elidur was the name of a king of Britain... [more]
ELVAN m Welsh
A Briton sent by King St. Lucius to Pope St. Eleutherius to ask for missionaries in 2nd century.
ENLLI f Welsh
Welsh female name taken from Ynys Enlli (English name = Bardsey Island) which is a small island off the Llŷn Peninsula in North West Wales. Enlli means 'in the currents'.... [more]
ERYL f & m Welsh
From Welsh eryl
meaning "watcher" or "lookout" (originally "hunt"), derived from ar
, an intensifying prefix, and hyl
"a hunt". In regular use since the 1920s, though infrequently... [more]
EURDDOLEN f Welsh
Means "golden ring", derived from the Welsh elements aur
"gold" and dolen
"ring". It is sometimes interpreted as the Welsh form of Goldilocks
("golden ringlets, curls").
EURGAIN f Welsh
Means "golden and beautiful, of golden brightness", from Welsh aur
"gold" (penult form eur
) and cain
EVANNA f Welsh, Irish, Scottish, English
Feminine form of EVAN
. Alternatively, it could be derived from an Irish word meaning "young warrior" or a Scottish word meaning "right handed; strong."
FELMAI f Welsh
Apparently from Welsh fel
"as, like" and Mai
"(month of) May" (or mai
(now obsolete, older Welsh mei
) "plain, field, meadow"), hence "May-like".
GAER m Welsh
Gaer is derived from the Welsh word 'caer' meaning 'castle, fortress.'
GLAIN f Welsh
Welsh word for jewel. In use, very rarely, as a female name since the 1920s.
GLESNI f Welsh
Means "greenness, verdure; youthfulness" in Welsh.
GRISIAL m & f Welsh
Welsh word meaning crystal. Very rare, but in use since the late 19th century.
GRYPHITH m Welsh
Variant spelling of Griffith. Very rare but is definitely used as confirmed by familysearch.org
GWENALLT m Welsh
The bardic name of the 20th-century Welsh scholar, critic and poet David James Jones (1899-1968), in whose case it meant "fair wood" from Welsh gwen
"white, fair, blessed" and allt
"wood, small forest"... [more]
GWENEIRA f Welsh
Variant of Gwyneira
; from the Welsh elements gwen
"white, blessed" combined with eira
GWENER f Welsh
This name is the Welsh form of VENUS
, referring to the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty.... [more]
GWENNAN f Welsh
, formed of the Welsh elements gwen
"white, fair, blessed" and nant
GWENNO f Welsh
Diminutive of Gwenllian
and other names beginning with Gwen
, used independently since the 19th century. It coincides with the medieval Welsh name for the planet Venus (literally "little white one" or "little bright one")... [more]
GWENOG f Welsh
Old Welsh diminutive of Gwen
. This was the name of an obscure early Welsh saint. It was mentioned in J. K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series of books as the name of a witch, Gwenog Jones.
GWENONWY f Welsh
Means "lily of the valley" in Welsh. In local folklore this was the name of King Arthur's sister; Maen Gwenonwy, a large rock off Porth Cadlan in Gwynedd, Wales, is named for her.
GWENYDD f Welsh
Means "joy" in Welsh. It has been used in Wales since the mid-19th century.... [more]
GWILI m Welsh
After the name of a river in Carmarthenshire.
GWION m Welsh Mythology, Welsh
Possibly related to the Welsh element gwyn
meaning "fair, blessed". This was the original name of Taliesin
, a legendary bard, before he was cast into the "cauldron of knowledge", after which he became Taliesin, bard and seer.
GWLADWEN f Welsh (Rare)
Means "paradise, heaven" in Welsh, from gwlad
"country, land" (cf. Gladys
) and gwen
"white, blessed, fair".
GWYNNO m Welsh
Name of a Celtic Christian saint, apparently from Gwynn
- (first part of compound names beginning with Welsh gwyn
"white, fair, holy", e.g. Gwynoro
) + diminutive suffix -o
GWYNORO m Welsh
Derived from the Welsh element gwyn
"white, fair, blessed" combined with gawr
"shout" or gorŵydd
"steed" or gwared
"deliverance, relief". This was the name of an early Welsh saint... [more]
HAFREN f Welsh
Modern Welsh form of Habren
, the original Old Welsh name of the River Severn
, which is of unknown meaning (see Sabrina
HAFWEN f Welsh
From Welsh haf
"summer" (cf. Haf
) combined with gwen
"white, fair, blessed".
HARYS m Welsh
Possible alternate spelling of the surname Harris.
HAULWYN m Welsh (Rare)
This name is derived from Welsh elements haul
meaning "sun" and gwyn
meaning "white, fair, blessed."
HEDD m & f Welsh
The name Hedd means "peace" in Welsh. It is a name commonly associated with poets, especially the poet Hedd Wyn (born Ellis Humphrey Evans), who is the only post-humous recipient of the Bard's Chair of the National Eisteddfod of Wales after he was killed in action in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.
HELYAN m Welsh
This name generally means, "A moment in time".
HYWYN m Welsh (Rare)
Diminutive of Hywel
. A notable bearer of this name was Saint Hywyn (d. 516) who founded Aberdaron in Gwynedd, Wales and was a patron of churches in Western England.
IFANWY f Welsh
Feminine form of Ifan
, using the suffix wy
meaning "river". This is a modern Welsh name.
IFOR m Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Archaic variant of Ivor
, or perhaps a variation of Ifan
. It was borne by the Welsh historical figure Ifor Bach ("Little Ifor") who may have been based on a folk character known as Little John, which supports the latter etymology... [more]
IORWEN f Welsh (Rare)
Likely a feminine form of Iorwerth
, formed from the Welsh elements iôr
"lord, ruler" and gwen
"white, fair, blessed".
IRFON m Welsh
Comes from the name of a river near Builth Wells.
LAUDATUS m Late Roman, Welsh (Latinized)
Derived from Latin laudatus
meaning "praised, lauded, commended, esteemed", which is ultimately derived from Latin laudo
meaning "to praise, to laud, to commend".... [more]
LILWEN f Welsh
Means "white lily" or "lily-white", derived from the Welsh elements lili
"lily" and gwen
"white, fair, blessed".
LLIO f Welsh
Originally a diminutive of Gwenllian
, now sometimes used independently. The 15th-century Welsh poet Dafydd Nanmor sang poems to a girl called Llio. It was revived in the early 20th century.
LLWYD m & f Welsh
Welsh for 'Gray', often used as a surname but can be used as a first name, although uncommon
LLYWARCH m Medieval Welsh, Welsh
Possibly a Welsh form of the hypothetic old Celtic name *Lugumarcos
meaning "horse of Lugus", derived from the name of the Celtic god Lugus
combined with Welsh march
"horse", but perhaps the first element is Welsh llyw
LYNFA f Welsh
Probably an elaborated form of the popular name syllable Lyn
, using the suffix fa
(perhaps from names such as Gwynfa
, in which it may be derived from Welsh fa
LYNWEN f Welsh
Formed from the popular name syllable Lyn
, from the name Lynette
, and the Welsh element gwen
meaning "white, fair, blessed". This name has occasionally been used in Wales.
MAELGWN m Welsh
Means "hound prince" from Welsh mael
"prince" and cwn
"hounds, wolves" (plural of ci
). This was the name of a 6th-century king of Gwynedd
(an ancient kingdom of Wales) mentioned in several Welsh legends.
MAELONA f Welsh
Feminine form of Maelon
, derived from a Celtic word meaning "prince" (see Maël
MAI f Welsh
Derived from the Welsh name for the fifth month.
MAIA f Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Irish
Lengthened version of Mai, used in welsh mythology, means "bright" and "love" also derived from the welsh name for the month of may
MEDENI f Welsh
Means "born in September", composed of Welsh Medi
"September" (originally "to reap, mow, crop") and geni
"to be born".
MELANGELL f Welsh
Allegedly means "sweet angel", from Welsh mel
"honey" and angel
. According to folklore, the early Welsh saint Melangell is known as the patron saint of small creatures because she sheltered a hare from the hounds of Prince Brochwel
Ysgythrog during his hunting expedition.
MENAI f Welsh (Rare)
Locational name from the Menai Strait (Afon Menai), a river-like section of sea which separates the island of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) from the Welsh mainland. 'Menai' is probably connected to the name of the island, but the meanings of both are unknown... [more]